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Four key Dolphins defenders sidelined by injuries

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DAVIE - The Miami Dolphins began a drama-filled week of preparation for Monday night's nationally televised game against Tampa Bay without four key defenders.

Two starters - cornerback Dimitri Patterson and strong side linebacker Koa Misi - and two core backups - cornerback Nolan Carroll and rookie linebacker Jelani Jenkins - sat out Monday afternoons practice nursing various injuries.

Patterson, who has pulled down four interceptions in the four games he's played this season, appears to be nursing an undisclosed injury.

If Patterson re-aggravated the groin injury that sidelined him for a month the Dolphins (4-4) could be forced to play without one of the team's top defenders.

Carroll suffered a concussion in Thursday night's 22-20 loss to the Bengals. He must pass a league mandated baseline concussion test to return to the practice field.

Jenkins injured his right foot against the Bengals and didn't play in the second half.

Misi has been battling a knee injury the past month. However, the specifics of his injury aren't clear.

Both linebackers worked with trainers during Monday's practice session.

If Misi and Jenkins aren't cleared to play against Tampa Bay, Jason Trunsnik, a seven-year veteran, will be elevated into a starting role.

Patterson and Carroll's injury increases the likelihood that Jamar Taylor and Will Davis, the team's two rookie cornerbacks, will have their roles elevated. Taylor and Davis have rarely been on the team's gameday roster.

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